When I was a teenager my father took me to the French Gran Prix and I fell in love with Formula One Auto racing…..my favorite driver was Wolfgang von Trips of Team Ferrari…….I bring this up because today is the Italian Gran Prix at Monza and in 1961 my favorite driver was killed in a horrendous crash that also killed 13 spectators…..
So before the race I had a drink to remember my favorite driver…..plus the Wall Street Journal also remembered von Trips back in 2011 with the 50th anniversary of his death…..
They began the race as friends and rivals, knowing that one of them was almost certain to be crowned world champion at the end: Phil Hill of Santa Monica, Calif., and Count Wolfgang Von Trips of West Germany. They were Ferrari teammates, each a master of speed. The date: Sept. 10, 1961. The place: the Italian Grand Prix at Monza.
Two hours, three minutes and 13 seconds later, Hill had become America’s first Formula One champion. Von Trips was dead along with 14 spectators-killed when his Ferrari scythed into the crowd like a helicopter blade.
I still have fond memories of my favorite driver…..